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Central America / Reagan Policy #89399

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 12, 1984
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(Studio) Probability that Congress will not approve further funds for Reagan administration's war against Nicaragua and question of continued funding for El Salvador considered.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - decries double standard on terrorism.] Congress Democrats' willingness to send funds to Salvadoran government rather than anti-Nicaraguan guerrillas and possible reaction of White House examined. [UN ambassador Jeane KIRKPATRICK - considers portraying Nicaragua as victim is Orwellian version of reality.] [Robert McFARLANE - believes American people prefer means other than war.] [Jesse JACKSON - calls for immediate halt to matters.] [Walter MONDALE - considers Ronald Reagan's Central American policies counterproductive and in need of change.] Republican maneuver in House to prevent debate on Nicaragua occurring during evening news time described.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Studio) Nicaragua reported claiming large number US-backed-and-supplied guerrillas have entered that country recently for mine-laying on Nicaraguan hwys.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) United States intervention in Nicaraguan pols. reviewed; films shown. Sandinista regime's ouster of US-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979 recalled; Nicaragua's relationship with USSR , Cuba and anti-Salvadoran guerrillas explained. Reagan administration's attitude toward Sandinistas noted. Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig's designation of Nicaragua as target for United States challenge to communism in Central America mentioned. [Feb. 1982, HAIG - claims Nicaragua is being exploited as base for export of armed subversion.] Initial 2-part plan approved by administration outlined on screen, discussed. [Feb. 1982, REAGAN - claims new Cubas will result if United States doesn't act immediately.] Salvadoran army's failure to make progress against guerrillas noted; Congress's role in shaping US policy in region considered. Reagan administration's use of Honduras to circumvent congress limitations in El Salvador and Nicaragua explained. [April, 1983, REAGAN - denies trying to overthrow Nicaraguan government] Role of Reagan administration's official Big Pine military maneuvers in Honduras detailed; Nicaragua's incrd. mil. threat to region at present noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy

Reporter(s):
Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:08:40

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